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Cultural Ecologies of Asia: New Works by Artists from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Kazakhstan and Mongolia


Dallas Art Fair Foundation

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Sapar Contemporary, in collaboration with the Dallas Art Fair, is proud to present Cultural Ecologies of Asia, an exhibition curated by Jacqueline Chao, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas. The exhibition features new works by artists from from Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, and the United States.  The work will be on view January 30, 2021 - March 6, 2021 at DAF Project Space, 150 Manufacturing Street, Ste. 214 Dallas, TX 75207. Stop by anytime Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-4pm or by appointment; email [email protected] to make an appointment.

The interrelationship of artistic creation with one’s environment can be traced to the beginning of art in all regions of human habitation. Even before industrialization, peoples across Asia—generally defined as both an ideological concept as well as a continental and maritime area as vast and diverse geographically and culturally as it is ecologically—have been concerned with the value and power of natural materials and phenomena, of resource and species depletion, and of every day survival and adaptation on a constantly changing and human-altered land.  From ancient times, we find evidence of artistic and architectural responses in Asia to geology, topography, atmospheric conditions, hydrology, flora and fauna in relation to human ideas and values. Artistic responses have included heightened consideration of materiality and one’s dependence on water, geology, and biology; the hand and machine-working of earthly materials and atmospheric systems; and investigations into the presence of the non-human. This exhibition, featuring new works by living contemporary Asian artists, encourages exploration of the interrelationships between cultural and natural systems.

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